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Dealing With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
When the median nerve in your wrist is compressed, it can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This compression often stems from swelling associated with an underlying medical issue. This nerve disorder, which is quite common and can be painful, typically leads to costly surgeries and medications. However, there’s an alternative route! Chiropractors in Spartanburg offer gentler and more cost-effective treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you’re worried about your wrist pain and are looking for a reliably successful treatment approach, the information provided by Converse Chiropractic could be highly beneficial. This plan has helped many in Spartanburg who are facing the challenges of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The symptoms can vary in severity and may develop gradually. Common symptoms include:
- Numbness, Tingling, and Pain: These sensations often occur in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. The sensation can be similar to the feeling of ‘pins and needles’.
- Weakness in the Hand: People with CTS may experience weakness in their hand and a tendency to drop objects. This is partly due to the numbness in the hand or weakness of the thumb’s pinching muscles, which are also controlled by the median nerve.
- Burning Sensation: Some individuals might experience a burning sensation in their fingers.
- Pain and Tingling that Travels up the Arm: In some cases, the pain can travel up the forearm to the shoulder.
- Worsening Symptoms at Night: Symptoms of CTS often flare up at night, possibly due to sleeping positions.
- Decreased Sensation and Dexterity: There might be a decreased ability to feel sensations and perform fine movements, especially with the thumb.
- Swelling Sensation: Even if visible swelling isn’t present, fingers may feel swollen.
It’s important to address these symptoms early, as they can worsen over time. Consulting a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment is recommended if you experience these symptoms.
How is Carpal Tunnel Treated at Converse Chiropractic?
The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain comes from the tissues and bone that are not properly aligned which results in pressure on the nerves. In most cases, there is a reason this condition appears, a fracture or incident involving the wrist is one possible reason these symptoms arise.
Certain occupations can increase the chances of developing this condition. These include tasks demanding repetitive use of the hands or continued work with pulsating tools. With this said, it is still possible for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to appear without reason. Obese and pregnant individuals are more likely to develop this condition along with people living with metabolic disorders that affect the thyroid and pituitary glands. But one of the most common explanations for seemingly inexplicable cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, revolves around spinal nerve irritation.
How we treat carpal tunnel
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to relieve symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), focusing on reducing pressure on the median nerve and improving wrist and hand function. Here’s how a Converse Chiropractic might work to relieve CTS:
- Wrist and Hand Adjustments: Chiropractors can perform specific adjustments to the bones in the wrist and hand. These adjustments aim to realign the bones and reduce pressure on the median nerve.
- Elbow and Spinal Adjustments: Since nerve compression can be influenced by issues elsewhere along the nerve path, chiropractors may also adjust the elbow and spine, particularly the cervical (neck) vertebrae, to alleviate nerve tension.
- Soft Tissue Therapy: Techniques like massage or myofascial release can help relax and loosen tight muscles and fascia in the arm, wrist, and hand, reducing pressure on the median nerve.
- Stretching and Strengthening Exercises: Chiropractors may recommend specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the wrist and hand, improving mobility and decreasing the likelihood of further compression.
- Ultrasound Therapy: Some chiropractors use ultrasound, which can help reduce inflammation, promote tissue healing, and decrease pain.
- Lifestyle and Ergonomic Advice: Advice on ergonomic adjustments in the workplace or during activities that may contribute to CTS symptoms is often provided. This can include changes in how you type or how your workstation is set up.
- Bracing or Splinting: In some cases, a chiropractor might recommend wearing a wrist splint, especially at night, to keep the wrist in a neutral position and relieve pressure on the median nerve.
- Nutritional Advice: Nutrition can play a role in reducing inflammation. A chiropractor may offer guidance on dietary changes that might help.